04 May Make Memories With Mother’s Day Activities

Gift giving can be a challenge for some people, especially if the person they are giving to doesn’t ask for much! This year for Mother’s Day, instead of spending a lot of money on a foot massager she’ll use twice before it lives under the bed, do something special with her! Gift giving is one of the ways that you can show your love and appreciation, but in today’s fast-paced world we tend to forget about the more thoughtful ways we can show we care. We’ll run through our favorite Mother’s Day activities that you can do to create lasting family memories!

Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in bed may be a cliche at this point, but it’s for a good reason: Moms love laying in bed and eating food! In fact, most people probably do! If you go for a classic breakfast in bed, your mother with thank you and you’ll win some serious brownie points. If you want to put a modern twist on it, go for a brunch outing or bring breakfast to a scenic location. If your mother is a particular about food in bed, take her for a “wok in the park” and pack a stir fry picnic to share together! Regardless of how you do “breakfast in bed”, your mother will appreciate the time you spend together and the thought you put into making her feel special!

Take a Spa Day

Your mom is probably tired of getting foot bath machines, electronic massagers, or other things for the home spa experience (Except for bath bombs. Nobody will ever get sick of bath bombs!). Stop skimping on your mom and take her to a real spa! Moms everywhere are tired of being given gifts that say “here, give yourself a relaxing spa treatment”. Mother’s Day is a great excuse for both you and your mom to spend time together getting pampered by professionals. She’ll be grateful for the time together, and you’ll both feel invigorated!

Do Some Scrapbooking

As you grow older, you may start to realize how precious family memories can be. Scrapbooking seems to be the project that all moms want to work on, but never seems to get done!! It may sound like a drag for some people, but scrapbooking can be a great way to both spend time together and do something productive! You and your mom will both never forget the time you spent Mother’s Day going down memory lane with some of your favorite family photos and memories. Not only does this make memories for you and your mother, but you can preserve family memories that can be passed down for generations!.

Plant a Garden

Is there such a thing as a mom who doesn’t have a favorite flower? Gardening is a great way to spend time together and create something beautiful and lasting. The best part about gardening on Mother’s Day is that you can create a garden to match what your mom loves most. Some mothers want a vegetable patch full of cucumbers, carrots, peas and other things she can make dinner with. Other mothers want a flower garden full of gorgeous flowers that attract bees and other lovely wildlife. Pick a garden that your mom will love, and work on it together! Any time she sees it she will remember this Mother’s Day and how much you care about her.

Craft Some Home Decor

Moms everywhere love a beautifully clean house, and what better way to accentuate it than with some handmade home decor? Decorate your tables, shelves, mantles, or anywhere else in the house your heart desires! Using sentimental photography or artwork around the house is a great way to make home homier for your mother. You can even add house plants to bring some of that garden feel inside. She’ll feel happier at home, and she’ll always be reminded of her special Mother’s Day with you whenever she sees your project!

Share With Us

What do you like to do with your mom on Mother’s Day? Everyone has different traditions and things they like to do, so we want to hear from you! Share your Mother’s Day traditions with us on our Denver, Provo, Tucson, or Phoenix Facebook pages!

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27 Apr Common Questions From Parents About Beauty School

Are you wanting to go to beauty school, but you’re not sure how your parents will handle the news? Choosing a trade school over attending a university can be a tricky decision to make, and earning the support of your parents can help immensely. We’ll look here at some of the most common questions parents ask their kids who want to attend a trade school, as well as some common answers you can give them to help earn their support!

Why Not Go to College?

This question can be a complicated one, and each answer will vary person to person. Parents likely ask this question because attending university used to be the commonly accepted way to advance your career quickly. Nowadays, university tuition costs are higher than ever, and the earning opportunities can be uncertain, depending on the field of study. Beauty school can give you job training before you even graduate, which can result in you finding a good job more quickly.

Some people may also feel like they aren’t cut out for college. In many ways, university courses are similar to high school classes, but are often harder. If a high school learning environment wasn’t right for you, then a college classroom might be even more challenging. We teach our beauty school courses with a mixture of methods to help people of all learning styles understand the material. Beauty school could be an easier place for you to learn!

Taking your interests into account is also important when evaluating what you want to do for your education after high school. If you simply don’t want to become an engineer, scientist, business person, or something else through a university, you shouldn’t. Choose a field and career you love and are passionate about instead and the rest should come naturally!

Can we Afford Beauty School?

Money is always a big question mark when choosing a school to attend. Each place has different scholarship or financial aid opportunities available, so it’s important to explore your options. Most accredited beauty schools offer both scholarships and government financial aid options to help support you. For more information about financial aid at Aveda Institutes, fill out a request form and we’ll connect you with everything you need!

Another thing to consider is that beauty school usually costs significantly less than attending a four year institution. CNN estimates that parents should anticipate spending roughly $57 thousand to send just one child to a public university! Beauty school generally costs less than half of that amount, and graduates can begin making as much money or more after graduating after fewer years of study.

If you graduate beauty school with students loans you need to pay off, your parents will likely want to know how well you’ll be able to pay those back with your first job out of beauty school. A quick peek at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tells us a few important things about cosmetology school careers. First of all, the job outlook for beauty school careers is projected to grow 13% through the year 2026, which is 5% faster than the average job outlook across the entire national economy! This means that cosmetologists should have an easier time finding jobs than people in other industries on average.

The second thing to look at is how much cosmetologists make annually.There are many factors that can influence how much a beauty professional makes. Tips or commissions for beauty product upsell are the most common sources of additional income. If you are someone who works hard and satisfies clients, you are more likely to make much better money!

Those earnings mentioned above only take into account people who are working as hairstylists, barbers, and cosmetologists. There are many other ways you can build your career using beauty school as your educational foundation. You could start a beauty product line, open a salon, or even become a cosmetology instructor! Beauty school education opens up opportunities that you can pursue if you have the drive to be successful.

What Are You Going to do With Your Career?

Parents who are concerned for your future success might want to know how you plan on using your cosmetology education, and what career you can build for yourself. Many beauty school graduates start working in a salon right away after graduation. One of our alumni, Sariah Lee, answered some questions we had for her in our recent blog post. Right after graduation, she was able to start building her book of business and serving clients in a luxury Aveda spa. It’s a great start to any beauty career, and Sariah’s work is absolutely stunning!

Some other Aveda Institute students had the opportunity to go to London Fashion week this year and do hair and makeup for professional runway models! This was a neat experience for our students to explore career opportunities outside of the typical salon experience after graduation. Not only that, but these students now have hands-on experience that can be added to a resume to help them professionally!

Aveda Institute graduates never cease to surprise and amaze us with what they use their talents to do. One of our earliest graduates from the Aveda Institute in Denver started her own skincare product line and opened her own spa! This kind of story is not uncommon among Aveda Institute graduates who have a passion for beauty and a drive to be successful. By chasing what they love most and working hard, they are able to accomplish great things!

Questions Parents Should Ask

We want the parents of our beauty school students to be completely confident in the choice to enroll with us. We openly encourage parents to ask questions and get as much information as they can before deciding which beauty school to send their children to. Schedule a tour and come speak with our admissions, financial aid, and teaching staff. They will be happy to answer your questions and help you ensure that you’re making the right decision. Here are a few common questions that parents should ask when investigating a beauty school:

  • What will my child be learning about at Aveda Institutes?
  • What are the graduation and licensure rates for this school?
  • What scholarship and financial aid options are available?
  • What makes this school different compared to other local beauty schools?
  • How does the Aveda brand influence the quality of education?
  • What resources are available to help my child graduate?
  • What resources are available to help my child pass the state board exam?

Parents are likely to come up with many more questions, so we invite them to come and meet us! Contact us at one of our Denver, Provo, Phoenix, or Tucson locations to set up a time to come and meet us and see the Aveda difference!

Contact Us!

Do your parents still have questions about your desire to work in the beauty industry? Contact us and we’ll happy answer any questions you may have! For more information on how Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes can make a difference for you, check out or blog posts on how our school stands out and what makes Aveda different!

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23 Apr Alumni Spotlight: Lynne Killey

We’re always excited to see what our graduates are able to accomplish, and Lynne Killey is no exception! She’s an outstanding example of what you can accomplish with hard work and passion for what you do. She’s an inspiration to us, and we hope she can be an inspiration to you too!

About Lynne

Lynne is one of the earliest cosmetologists to graduate from Aveda Institute Denver! She graduated from our cosmetology program back in 2006. What stood out to us was the fiery passion she had for skincare and her decorated background in business. At that point she had already created a few skin care products as part of her business, but she wanted to learn more about working in spa environments so that she could be more successful as a salon owner. Her drive to be an outstanding salon owner eventually led Lynne to the Aveda Institute Denver. After graduation, she worked in some Aveda spas in the Denver area to get more experience in the spa environment.

“I learned that the more you focus on your strongest skill set and get clear on what you want, the easier it is to move forward.”

Building a Business

Lynne originally owned two spa locations, one in Denver and the other in Pagosa Springs. She made the tough choice to let go of her Denver location so that she could focus on developing her beauty products in Pagosa Springs, which is where she truly wanted to spend her time! To get the word out about her products, Lynne sampled at farmers markets, built marketing campaigns, and increased her distribution through Amazon. Spending time on the quality of her product is important, she likes to put her best efforts into each bottle before they leave the hive!

Lynne’s Secret for Success

One of the greatest challenges with running a business is getting the word out, and Lynne quickly learned that online marketing would not be as easy as she thought! She tried putting her product out everywhere, including sites like Etsy, eBay, Pinterest, social media, Amazon, and even her own website. She discovered that photography is the key to product positioning and allure, and was able to find the most success by partnering with Amazon. Now her business has grown to the point where she has people who help her with orders and shipping, which gives her the time she wants to refine her products!

“For us, partnering with Amazon has been a big success. We can use their warehouses to store and stock products, fill orders quickly, and gain a much larger customer base to our products. Our Organic Cuticle Oil has been an Amazon Best product on and off over the last five years, generating the sales of more than 200 units a month!”

Not only is her product line performing well, Lynne’s spa in Pagosa springs is in excellent shape! It’s currently in the final stages of a remodel that will give it a new look and feel. She loves the spa because there are so many different treatments she can offer to help people look and feel better. One of her personal favorites is the hydraderm exfoliation facial, which is a gentler version of microdermabrasion. Lynne loves being able to develop products that can help her spa experience improve!

Advice for Students

When asked about her advice for beauty school students, Lynne says:

“Find the parts you love and spend your time doing that. It is great to try new things and see what products, styles and services best suit your own style. You will tend to attract what you project – so make sure you love it.”

Learn About Aveda Institutes

Are you interested in pursuing a career that can allow you similar freedom and flexibility to chase your dreams? Lynne is just one example of someone who has made a tremendous impact with her education at Aveda Institutes. Reach out to us for more information on how an esthetics education can help you build the career you want most!

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28 Mar Alumni Spotlight: Sariah Lee

At Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes, we’re always so proud of our students and what they accomplish after graduating! That can make it hard for us to choose just one alumnus to feature on our blog because we have so many alumni we want to talk about! We wanted to highlight Sariah Lee for killing it on social media and in the Aveda network!

About Sariah Lee

Sariah is one of our more recent graduates, and was an exemplary student while with us at Aveda Institutes! She traveled with us to London Fashion Week and also participated in the North American Hairstyling Awards. She was a model student, and is now an outstanding cosmetologist with Pura Vida Salon & Spa in Park City, Utah. Here are some of the questions we got to ask Sariah:

Why did you choose Aveda Institute?

“I chose the Aveda Institute because I wanted to be part of an organization that is innovative, creative, focused on moving into the future while still caring for the world around them.”

Why did you choose to stay with Aveda after graduation?

“I chose to stay with Aveda after graduation for a few reasons:

  1. I love the mission and wanted to be a part of a salon that lived up to the mission.
  2. I absolutely love the color line and can’t imagine using another one.
  3. The people who are part of the Aveda network are so supportive of one another and care for each other. I wanted to surround myself with those people.”

What are your most popular salon services?

“One of my most popular services in the salon is my men’s haircuts.”

What is the greatest lesson you learned in school?

“The greatest lesson I learned in school is that I will never stop learning, even after I’ve been in the hair business for years. It’s never too late to learn, and you shouldn’t be afraid to fail, because from failing, you learn.”

Who is your Aveda icon and why?

My Aveda icon is Anne Skubis (the Director of Marketing for Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes). She always has fun, fresh, creative work. More than just being a fantastic makeup artist, Anne also engages with people on a personal level, and you can tell that she truly cares about the people around her. Anne strives to inspire people and lift them up, and I aspire to live up to her example.

What are your top three tips for social media?

  1. ”Engage and interact with your followers. Respond to their likes and comments.
  2. Consistency is key. You want your page to be aesthetically pleasing and focused on what you want to convey to the audience. Is it hair? Makeup? Eyelash extensions? Stay consistent.
  3. It’s fun to post pictures of you in action because it makes your page more personal and you can more easily connect with the audience.”

What is your greatest accomplishment since graduating?

Two of my greatest achievements since graduating are:

  1. Finding a salon that is so supportive and positive.
  2. Building a consistent clientele.

It is one of the biggest compliments to me when someone decides they want to come back to me for their hair, makeup, or eyelash extensions.

Follow Sariah

If you want to see more of Sariah’s work and what she’s up to now, follow her on Facebook or Instagram! If you want to see what her salon is up to, you can check them out as well on Instagram. We’re excited to see all of the works of art Sariah will create in her career!

Learn Cosmetology

Are you interested in learning more about cosmetology and the career opportunities you can have in the beauty industry? Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes strives to provide an education that goes above and beyond to help our students be prepared for their careers. Reach out to us to get more information on how a cosmetology education can help your career goals!

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20 Nov How to Help Your Hair Beat Winter Weather

When you talk about the changes that happen in the winter season, the most noticeable change is in temperature. For most places around the country there is also an abundance of snow. One of the biggest changes in winter that often goes unnoticed is the change in humidity. All of these changes work together to create a new hair care nightmare! We’ll look here today at a handful of tips that can help your hair put the “win” in winter!

Don’t Skimp on the Scalp

We wouldn’t be doing justice without considering all parts of the hair, especially the part where the hair grows out! The winter season can mean drier, arid climates in many places around the country. If you live in a place Arizona or Utah where the winter brings dry air, pay attention to your scalp health, especially if you already face challenges with flaky skin. Use moisturizing shampoos, conditioners, or even oils massaged into the scalp. Find what works best for you, and keep that skin moisturized and healthy!

Mind the Temperature

Your hair also needs plenty of moisturizing, just like your scalp does. However, it’s important to keep a delicate balance between the elements your hair is exposed to and how you take care of it. For example, you might want to go easy on the flat iron to keep your hair from becoming more brittle than the Mojave desert. At the same time you should always make sure your hair is completely dry before heading out each day. Even showering in excessively hot water can cause more problems! You can try blow drying with your dryer set on cool air to balance things out, for example. No matter what you choose, try to find what works best for you!

Trim Regularly

Dry weather can mean more split ends. Oh no! The good news is that split ends are really easy to keep under control with regular trips to your hair salon. Instead of waiting three or six months between haircuts, just keep an eye on your hair and consider scheduling a trim when you start seeing some of those nasty split ends. If you can’t repair it, trim it down!

Perfect Conditions for Conditioning

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, winter hair care is a game of moisture management! Conditioning is more of an “as needed” practice during other parts of the year. During winter, on the other hand, there are many people who need to condition daily to keep those silky locks from losing their looks! Using conditioner is really simple, just massage some into your hair and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing with cool or warm water. You can even consider getting a deep conditioning treatment.

What Works for You?

Everyone has hair that is unique to them, so not everything works the same! What do you do in the winter to keep your hair from drying out and becoming damaged? Share your tips with us on our facebook page!

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16 Nov Why do People Love Cosmetology?

Cosmetology is a very exciting and creative field, but what is it about cosmo that people love most? Everyone has a different reason for choosing beauty school, but many people have common passions. Which one of these passions is yours?

The Love of Beauty

Beauty isn’t just the way that something looks, it’s a form of personal expression. Cosmetologists enter this field because they love helping people to show themselves in their brightest and most beautiful form. For many stylists, cosmetology is a place where they can explore their creative side and create masterful works of art!

The Passion for Service

One of the most common things cosmetologists say they love about their job is the opportunity to serve other people. It isn’t just about doing something for someone, it’s about helping someone feel better about themselves and brightening their day. The best cosmetologists aren’t just stylists or manicurists, they are people who really care about making someone happy. It’s so inspiring to see!

The Need for Hands-On

Sitting in school classrooms and dreading homework and exams is a living nightmare for lots of people. For those people who love a hands-on environment, this is where they can learn best and enjoy themselves at the same time. Cosmetologists are doers that get to work with their hands each and every day. The beautiful mind of a cosmetologist should never be chained to a desk or cubicle!

The Desire for Freedom

Many of our students frequently tell us that cosmetology is a road to freedom for them. Some choose to be stay-at-home parents and cut hair from home as a side hustle to support their family. Other cosmetologists are incurable entrepreneurs who want to open their own salons or stores and want to make sure they have the expertise they need to succeed. In any case, cosmetology provides students the freedom and flexibility to work wherever and whenever they want!

What Drives You?

Are you considering a career in cosmetology? We love what we do here at Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute, and it’s our goal to share that passion with the students that we teach. Learn more information about our cosmetology programs or reach out to us and we’ll have a representative contact you right away about how you can create a career fit for you!

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16 Nov Inspiration from the RetroActive Collection NAHA 2017

Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute Represented at NAHA

The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) have come and gone once again, and what a blast it was! We couldn’t be more proud of Aveda Institute and its students for the awe-inspiring collections they created this year. As always we set high standards for the students and they blew right past them. The judges were wowed as three of the five best student collections nominees were Aveda Institute students. Aisling Campbell even went ahead to win!

It was not only our privilege to observe these students as they successfully competed, but we got in a little competition of our own! Our extraordinarily talented team at Inspire Greatness worked tirelessly to create some fantastic and inspiring looks as part of our new RetroActive collection. Here we’ll look at some highlights and takeaways from the team. You can also watch our behind the scenes YouTube video for a look at what it was like to put together such an exciting collection!

Heggy Gonzalez: Finding the Perfect Unicorn

Heggy was a shining example of persistence in creating this collection! She talks in the video about how exciting and chic the 60’s and 70’s were, and talked about how challenging it can be to capture that essence. Her favorite look was the bowl cut, and said that the hairpiece that was used needed to be colored seven times before they got the color just right! Heggy showed us that getting the perfect look isn’t always a product of luck, but one of hard work and persistence!

Brad Van Dyke: Make a Plan, and Plan to Adapt

Brad is the type who loves diving right into the action and working with his hands, but not before some careful planning and consideration. He works with an editorial mindset, which means he plans and prepares a concept ahead of time and creates around it. From that inspiration, he can start playing with the look on the models and put together a look that turns heads!

Anne Skubis: Let Your Art Shine

Anne likes to practice her art from a holistic approach. She works with her models from a wellness perspective with the goal to make the model feel beautiful and healthy. She does this so that her art can really shine. Happy models are beautiful models! Anne reminds us that it’s important to keep in touch with the human and emotional side of beauty.

Aveda Institute Inspires Greatness

This time of year is so exciting because we love having the opportunity to work together to create something beautiful that we can use to showcase our skills and inspire our students. Creating stunning looks isn’t just what beauty schools are about, it’s what we do.

These thrilling works of art are what we love to see from our talented instructors. For us it demonstrates that Aveda Institute isn’t just a beauty school, it’s a place where art and beauty comes to life. We want you to join us as we make the world more beautiful one collection at a time! Find out more information about our programs and how you can be our next premier talent!

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